unique la summer 2011
the dust has settled from yet another Unique LA. this one, though, was different in that it was the very first summer show, AND it took place in Santa Monica at the Barker Hangar-- instead of the usual downtown spot.
what was the same, however, was the eclectic mix of vendors and shoppers.
i express it often, but i really do have a sincere appreciation for how Sonja and the rest of the Unique LA staff put the show together. as a vendor, when deciding what shows to do, you want to obviously make sure that it's going to be a positive experience, and i must say that every Unique LA i've done (this was VintageRemade's 4th) has been great-- in their attention to design, the vendors the select, the vibe they create, etc..
here's a shot of our table set-up.
and here are some of the vendors that stood out to me:
Krochet Kids sell hats crocheted by women in Northern Uganda. the women are paid a fair wage and are therefore empowered to overcome the grip of poverty. read the story of how the company developed here: http://www.krochetkids.org/who-we-are/our-story/ it's quite inspiring.
Manda Landa sells goods made mostly from upcycled books. they have everything from jewelry to handbags. very creative stuff!
if i was a flask carrying kind of girl, i might be tempted to purchase one of these from Whimsy and Ink. fun designs.
Odina makes eco-friendly swimwear.
Field Day makes clothes from organic fabrics and recycled materials.
i thought these card holders and Wallets by 11:11 Enterprises were pretty cool.
Magnetic Grain makes wall decorations out of repurposed wood. you select your own building blocks, so to speak, and then assemble them into a unique wall piece. magnetic rods hold the blocks together.
Stylespotting was there scoping out the event and selling their Together Totes, a satirical take on status bags. they're basically canvas bags with a designer-ish bag screened on all sides.
AND.. last but not least, our amazing booth neighbors, the fine people at Green Aid. they sell seedbombs!
the concept, in case you are not familiar, is that YOU, yes YOU can be part of making a positive ecological impact simply by planting seeds.
you can do that in a more traditional way by selecting a plot of land and planting your seeds OR you can go the "guerrilla gardening" route and launch seedbombs into random places around your neighborhood with an old fashioned slingshot.
i had seen their vending machines around the city, but it was great to meet the people behind the seedbombs. :)
to those of you who came out, thanks for making it a great weekend! 'til next time! xo